In most places, if you want to serve your clients a complimentary alcoholic beverage, you need a liquor license—but that all changed for California salons this year. On January 1, California assembly bill 1322 went into effect. The law permits barber shops and beauty salons to serve up to 6 ounces of wine or 12 ounces of beer to each client of drinking age, so long as the beverages are offered at no extra charge and consumed prior to 10 p.m., and the salon is in good standing with the state board. The bill was introduced by assemblyman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) and sponsored by Drybar Holdings, the popular chain of blowout businesses, who pointed out that previous laws have exempted enterprises, such as limousines and hot air balloon ride companies, from needing a permit to serve comped cocktails. According to Daly, many salons and barbershops in the state were already offering clients alcohol without a license—but now they can do so without being penalized. —Alexa Joy Sherman
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This article was first published in the April 2017 issue of NAILPRO.